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Oilers off to good start in league play

Huntington Beach girls' basketball team is now 2-0 after blowout victory against Fountain Valley.

January 15, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Through the opening week of the Sunset League girls' basketball race, two teams — Huntington Beach and Marina — sit alone atop the league standings.

Huntington went to 2-0 in league Tuesday by winning, 60-31, at Fountain Valley. Senior guard Paola Roa scored 12 points and sophomore guard Sammy Gray added 10 points as the Oilers, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1A, improved to 15-2.

"We had a lot of balance in our offense with nine girls scoring," said Huntington Coach Russ McClurg, whose team ran its win streak to six games.

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Huntington's two losses, both coming at the Arizona Nike Tournament last month, are by a combined seven points.

Guards Martine Caponera and Ashley Masuda scored five points apiece to pace Fountain Valley (7-12, 0-2). Post players Emily Krause (four points) and five Mikaila Pacis (three points) combined for 12 rebounds.

"Huntington Beach is well-coached and talented at every position," Barons Coach Cory Clarke said. "They combine athleticism, size and quickness, with great effort and execution on offense and defense.

"We kept the game close for about 12 minutes, only being down seven (points), but they went on a run late in the first half to put us down 15 at half. We finished the game with 26 turnovers and we gave up 23 offensive rebounds. We have to find a way to stick together through this five-game losing streak and stay mentally focused on getting better."

In league openers Jan. 9, Huntington overwhelmed visiting Newport Harbor, 73-27, and Fountain Valley fell, 47-33, at Los Alamitos. Roa scored a game-best 18 points, freshman forward Frankie Wade-Sanchez had 16 points and senior guard Stephanie Louie scored 14 points in the Oilers' win. Junior guard Ari Jacobsen scored 13 points for Fountain Valley in its loss at Los Alamitos.

Marina went on the road Tuesday to Los Alamitos and knocked off the Griffins, 66-46. Senior guard Danielle Kennedy led the scoring with 19 points. Senior forward Natasha Mangham's double-double included 16 points and 15 rebounds, senior guard Madison Yutkins had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists, junior forward Kydell Pearson had 10 points and six rebounds, and senior guard Melissa Lindquist four points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Vikings, ranked No. 15 in CIF-SS Division 2AA, ran their league record to 2-0 and overall mark to 11-7.

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